• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.


    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

Your Park! Your Health!

Enjoy Gateway with Your Park! Your Health!

Your Park! Your Health! inspires dynamic interaction between diverse urban audiences in NYC / NJ and their national park!

Over the summer, a multi-cultural team of college interns commit to achievement of their personal fitness goals and leadership of fun outdoor adventures in the urban outback.

Lets Go To Gateway!

Originally titled ¡Tu Parque! ¡Tu Salúd!, the initiative began in 2011 with funding through a grant from the American Heart Association. It's goal was to engage Latino New Yorkers in active outdoor recreation at Jamaica Bay. After a successful pilot season, the title was changed to Your Park! Your Health!, a reflection of the broadening diversity among participants.

Now entering an exciting 4th season, Your Park! Your Health! continues to grow in its national partnership with American Heart Association and invites collaboration with local organizations that support wellness among ethnically diverse communities. Your Park! Your Health! 'Lets Go!' activities are now offered in all parts of the park including Staten Island and Sandy Hook, NJ.

Liang Yi leads an icebreaker activity
Lets Go! activities inspire people of all ages to play, learn and grow together.
NPS PHOTO by Sheridan Roberts

In It to Win It: Together!

Parks are a natural 'fit' for improved health and enhanced quality of life, whether through America's Great Outdoors Initiative or Healthy Parks, Healthy People. As America's first urban national park, Gateway brings the national park experience to growing populations of New York City and New Jersey. With Your Park! Your Health!, Gateway NRA is establishing a model for lasting engagement between the National Park Service and people of every age, interest and background.

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Sailing (Sasha Jimenez)
NYC is surrounded by water. Your Park! Your Health! helps us to enjoy it!
NPS Photo by Francesca Simondi

Did You Know?

Ruffle Bar in Jamaica Bay

Gateway National Recreation Area is mostly made up of water, making it a boater's paradise! Canoeing, kayaking, fishing and sailing are just a few of the ways to enjoy the park. More...